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» November 17, 2011

World Powers Express 'Deep Concern' on Iran

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Salehi and Amano

World powers Thursday overcame divisions at the UN atomic agency with a resolution of "deep" concern on Iran's nuclear programme, but without reporting Tehran to the UN Security Council or setting any deadline.

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, meanwhile proposed to the Islamic republic a "high-level" visit to clarify issues raised in the watchdog's damning new report on Iran's suspected nuclear weapons drive.

He told reporters: "The information we have received in the past three years has given us a clearer picture of Iran's nuclear programme. We now have more pieces of the jigsaw puzzle. "It is clear that Iran has a case to answer." The resolution tabled at the IAEA by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany, the P5+1, "expresses deep and increasing concern" about Iran's activities.     Full Article

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